FREMONT – The recent results of a national hospital survey have put Fremont Health Medical Center in a good position to capitalize on its benefits.
Fremont Health was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Fremont Health President and CEO Patrick Booth says the distinction carries weight because it takes numerous factors into account, such as quality of care, cost, and financial stability. Booth says they’ve made a concerted effort to excel and it shows.
“It just reaffirms what we’re doing each and every day. We already knew that we were performing at high levels, but it’s nice to have an external source validate that.”
It’s important for Fremont Health to serve not only Fremont but the surrounding area, which is often a challenge for hospitals outside of larger communities according to Booth. He notes their placement in the top five percent of the survey indicates the variety of services they offer and the overall experience found at Fremont Health for its patients.
“We’re a little bit larger than critical access, but among 2,200 rural hospitals or nearly half the hospitals in the country. To be in the top 100 out of 2,200 or top five percent, that’s pretty remarkable.”
Fremont Health scored highest in the quality and outcomes categories in the survey. Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Peg Kennedy stresses that they’re placing paramount importance on reducing hospital error and providing an attractive option that people can trust.
“You hear so much these days about hospital error, medical error, and the impact on patients. To know that we are actively working to reduce that possibility and improve those outcomes, I would think it would be a nice sense of pride and comfort to our public.”
The index and its findings can lead to other awards, which can include various advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.
“The top of that bench moves up every year because everybody’s working to get better. It’s just critical not only for business reasons, but for quality and outcome reasons that we continue to focus on what’s already very, very good and taking it to the next level.”